About Undersheriff Tim Braniff


Tim graduated from Yakima Valley Community College in June, 1983, with an Associate of Arts Degree in Mid-Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from City University of Seattle in December 2010.

Tim began his law enforcement career in 1983 with the Zillah Police Department. He started his employment with the Washington State Patrol on March 4, 1986, as a trooper cadet and was commissioned as a Trooper on January 9, 1987.

Tim worked his way up through the ranks of the Washington State Patrol to Captain working in various assignments throughout the agency including Field Operations, Technical Services, Professional Standards, and the Investigative Assistance Division before retiring on February 11, 2011.

Tim is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and continues to serve as a board member of the Washington State Chapter of the FBINAA.

On February 14, 2011, Tim was appointed by Sheriff John Snaza to serve as Undersheriff for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. As Undersheriff, he is responsible for the overall operations of the Sheriff’s Office, which consists of 206 employees and a budget of over $28 million.

During his off-duty time, Tim enjoys spending time with his family skiing, fishing, and working in his yard.